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Stephen Downes

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According to this article, "online mathematics programs may benefit most the kids who need it least." It's a catchy way to introduce the main argument, which is to say, the program works "only if used as intended", however, only five percent of students use it as intended, and these are already likely to be high achievers. I think the point is well made, but what's the solution? Enforce proper use? Not practical. Return all math instruction to in-person instruction? Also not practical, and it's also not clear that this would solve the problem (how many teachers teach 'as intended')? Getting the research right would be a start.

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